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Wednesday, Dec 3 1997

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december 7
A Little Off the Side Retired hairdresser Mark Klatte ("a very hunky guy with lots of tattoos," according to a source at Artists' Television Access) goes back to work for a day at the ATA benefit "Eat Ourselves Rich," where he'll be giving free haircuts. This daylong open house promises more than just new dos, though: During the first half, held from 3 to 6 p.m., guests can sample beer donated by Black Label and sweet stuff from Just Desserts as they have their tarot cards read. DJ Jamez will be spinning old soul and ATA students will offer digital and multimedia demos and experimental films and videos broadcast on monitors throughout the space. Drag king Cooper Bombadier does Hank Williams and Puerto Rican medium Sister Lopez channels Elvis during the second half, held from 6 to 9 p.m. South Asian multimedia performance group Chaat and queer Latino performance group Latin Hustle take their turns on the stage, and the Helen Lundy Trio provides new wave lounge music as the Film Arts Foundation unspools projections. Lucky raffle winners get gift certificates from Good Vibrations, Aquarius Records, Rainbow, and Gauntlet. The event begins at 3 p.m. at Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia (at 21st Street), S.F. Admission is $5-500; call 824-3890.

Crowning Glory The Faux Queen Pageant is for every woman who's ever lip-synced to Donna Summer or debated M*A*C versus Shiseido with boys who know. This exercise in gender-fluidity (designed "for drag queens trapped in real women's bodies") features women dressed as men dressed as women competing for a drag queen crown in a benefit for Breast Cancer Action and the Women's Cancer Resource Center. In the quest for this hotly contested title, entrants have been known to add faux beard lines and anatomically correct male-type padding in an attempt to outqueen the actual queens. Winners are chosen on the basis of drag, talent, and personality, and audience members can tip the scales by tipping the contestants they favor, which seems a lot more honest than whatever criteria they use to pick Miss America. Municipal Court Judge Kay Tsenin, COYOTE founder Margo St. James, and Connie Champagne are among the celebrity judges at the contest, which is hosted by Ruby Toosday and concludes with dancing to tunes spun by DJs Deena Davenport and Downtown Donna. The show begins at 10:30 p.m. at the Trocadero, 520 Fourth St. (at Bryant), S.F. Admission is $5-25; call 331-1500, ext. DIET.

december 8
Bali Nigh Break from the epic power struggles at work for the epic power struggles of Hindu mythology when ShadowLight Productions offers its traditional Balinese shadow puppet play Wayang Bali, which mixes slapstick comedy with high drama in ages-old but strangely familiar ways. Gods and demons duke it out with magical weapons, accompanied by live gamelan music -- for psychic relief, imagine each puppet as a co-worker. Wayang Bali, which won puppetry's highest award, the UNIMA-USA Citation for Excellence, begins at 11:45 a.m. at Levi Strauss and Co., Ice House 2, Room 102, 151 Union (at Sansome), S.F. Admission is free; call 648-4461.

december 9
Pablo's Pueblo This is the story of three men who transformed their world with scissors, words, and photo paper. Cubist painter Pablo Picasso journeyed further into the perspective dimension when he collaborated with photographer Andre Villers and poet Jacques Prevert on Diurnes (Daily Entries), a collection of images and text providing an otherworldly illustration of the political and cultural climate of early '60s France. In 1962, after Villers had culled hundreds of negatives from landscape photos and Picasso had created as many small cutout figures, the pair holed themselves up in a darkroom in Southern France for 15 days making photograms, a technique in which objects are placed on photographic paper and exposed to light. In this case, what emerged were landscape scenes overlaid with Picasso's silhouettes of animals and mythological figures and Prevert's narrative, surreally juxtaposing elements of ancient and modern life. Villers kept a daily record of his own on the collaborative process with his shots of Picasso working in his studio. The exhibit "Picasso & Villers: The Diurnes Portfolio," which includes 30 of these photolithographs, opens at 11 a.m. at the Ansel Adams Center for Photography, 250 Fourth St. (at Folsom), S.F. Admission is free-$5; call 495-7000.

Get Ready, Get Set Rock shows are supposed to build momentum throughout the evening, but every once in a while, the energy ebbs in a slow hypnotic swirl. Expect it at a triple bill beginning with local acts Snowmen (featuring Cole Marquis of 28th Day) and Cars Get Crushed, and concluding with the American Analog Set of Texas. Lingering psychedelia links all three, but in the case of the first two, it's the brighter, harder-edged variety. The American Analog Set are more dreamy than druggy, heavy on Farfisa organ and bed-head atmospherics. Songs like "Too Tired to Shine" are more like lullabies than anthems, but when you're not rocking out, it's nice to actually hear lyrics, isn't it? Snowmen open the show at 9:30 p.m. at the Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St. (at Texas), S.F. Admission is $6; call 621-4455.

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